SHOP Bahrain, the largest nation-wide festival, begins today with an exciting line-up of events expected to draw shoppers from across the region.
The fourth edition of the 30-day extravaganza runs until February 10 and spotlights local restaurants, hotels and malls in an attempt to boost the country’s tourism, retail and culinary sectors.
Entertainment starts today at Bahrain Bay and other locations as the festival’s most prominent events, Festival City and Taste Tour, are set to take place.
Festival City will feature carnival games, an outdoor market and cinema and live performances from street bands. Events at Festival City take place over 16 days, ending on January 27.
Entry costs BD2 while children aged under four are granted free admission.
Beginning at 4pm, the Festival City will be open until 10pm on weekdays and 11pm on weekends.
The festival also features the popular Taste Tour which will take place in more than 40 participating restaurants.
Food fans can sample dishes from each restaurant in a unique menu and can later vote for their favourite pick.
The Taste Tour runs until February 10 and has set menu prices ranging from BD5 to BD12, while dining hours are based on each restaurant’s opening hours.
Also included in the programme is an Auto Fair which will be held under the patronage of Capital Governor Shaikh Hisham bin Abdulrahman Al Khalifa.
Held at the Bahrain Financial Harbour, the event runs from January 17 to January 21.
Additionally, a number of in-mall events have been scheduled to run throughout the duration of Shop Bahrain.
Participating establishments include City Centre Bahrain, Seef Mall in Seef District and Muharraq, Al Aali Shopping Complex, Saar Mall, El Mercado Mall, Bab Al Bahrain suq and many more.
Shoppers and visitors alike can collect points through the festival’s loyalty system and enter raffle draws in which more than 80,000 prizes are up for grabs, including 20 cars and air tickets.
Shop Bahrain is being organised by the Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority in co-operation with Tamkeen, Y K Almoayyed, VIVA Bahrain and Gulf Air.
For further information, visit www.shopbahrain.com or @shopbahrain on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
Source Credit: Gulf Daily News